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Bikram Yoga And Everything About It

Bikram Yoga And Everything About It

Cristina Goyanes of Shape lays out all the benefits gained from practicing Bikram yoga.

Bikram is to yoga what Tae Bo is to kickboxing. Like Billy Blanks, Bikram Choudhury took a long-existing practice and modified it to create a uniquely packaged fitness franchise. (FYI, you may have caught wind of some sexual allegations swirling around about Choudhury, so there's that. But this style of super-hot yoga is still commonly referred to as Bikram. If you're keen on disconnecting this well-loved practice with the controversy—we get it!—people are also referring to it now as 26-2, based on the 26 postures and two breathwork patterns, as well as simply traditional hot yoga). If you decide to try a Bikram yoga class, don't expect your instructor to demonstrate the moves. In Bikram, they're trained to talk you through the flow as part of a moving meditation (listening to these cues forces practitioners to stop thinking and be in the moment). No matter where you practice in the world, the dialogue between the teacher and the student stays pretty much the same. Seriously, they're following a script.

Cristina goes on to answer such questions as, What does hot yoga do for the body?, How hot are hot yoga classes?, What should Bikram yoga beginners keep in mind? and many more.

Check out the entire article at Shape Author: Cristina Goyanes

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